I've been using Windows 7 Media Center as my dedicated media hub for the last few weeks, and it's been a nice upgrade from Vista Media Center. Some improvements include support for up to 4 tuners for each type, a lot of interface improvements, and HD support to name a few. It can even play AVI/DivX files natively without needing any add-ons.
Windows 7 Media Center does support HD content, but it isn't able to handle Matroska files (with the MKV file extension) which is disappointing. The MKV format, for those of you unfamiliar with them, has become the chosen method for people ripping Blu-ray videos to MKV. Since those files aren't supported the videos are treated just as any other file on your computer, they do not show thumbnail previews and, more importantly, are not playable.
WinX HD Video Converter is your best answer to convert MKV video. It can easily convert your MKV to iPhone, convert MKV to iPad, and make HD MKV video playable when you on the go. (Windows or Mac)
Thanks to VBR (Vibrate Bit rate) encoding method, WinX HD Video Converter can choose the desired quality level and/or a range of allowable bitrates. The major advantage of using VBR coding for converting MKV is that, you can specify output AVI quality level and conserve as much space as possible for you.
15 minutes to Convert 2hrs MKV Movie - WinX HD Video Converter supports Multi-core CPU (i3, i5, i7, maximally 8 core CPU) and also armed with Hyper Threading Technology (Converting MKV by multi threads at the same time, speed up the conversion timely). For instance, to convert a 720 x 480 MKV video to MP4 format, you can get 9x real time converting speed. Say after set MKV Conversion started, you can get away for a café, when you get back, WinX HD Video Converter may have finished the job.
Features of WinX MKV Video Converter include:
• Built-in more than 210 video and audio codec, fully support all kinds of SD/HD videos, like AVCHD, M2TS to MKV, AVC/H.264, Blu-ray to MKV, etc.
• Automatically fix the impaired MKV file for you.
• Multi-functioned as DVD/HD/SD Video Converter, MKV to DVD Burner and YouTube Video Downloader.
• supports converting all the High Definition and HD-Camcorder videos, to both portable and console players, such as MKV to Samsung, MKV to iPad, iPod, MKV to iPhone, Apple TV, MKV to PS3, PSP, Xbox, Zune, PDA, Blackberry, Nokia, Android, Zen, etc.
Related External Source
: Matroska MKV Video Knowledge from MKV Official Site